More women facing hunger than men as gender gap widens for food insecurity, report says

Key points:

  • A CARE International report has found 150 million more women than men didn't have reliable access to food in 2021
  • The report found higher gender inequality is closely linked to higher food insecurity
  • Women who didn't earn an income were more likely to experience food insecurity

"I'm head of a big household. I was a teacher. We lived on a 4,000 to 5,000 Afghanis ($64-$80) monthly salary, but now we live with big problems," she told humanitarian non-government organisation CARE International.

Famine declared in South Sudan; 4.9 million people need urgent help

People are already dying of hunger, and another 1 million people are on the brink of famine, UN agencies said.

Years of civil war, a refugee crisis and a collapsing economy have taken their toll on South Sudan since it gained its independence in 2011.

Now the UN World Food Programme and nongovernmental organizations are sounding the alarm, warning that more than a million children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

South Sudan declares famine in Unity State

The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.

A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed.

There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but South Sudan is the first to declare one.

As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack.

All that's left to sell are the pots she uses to cook over a fire pit, when there's something to eat.

The 28-year-old mother of four, is among roughly 1.5 million Haitians who can't get nearly enough nutrition because of a yearslong drought that has spoiled harvests in her small mountain village and across large sections of the countryside.

UN warns of impending famine in conflict-torn Yemen

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors that all parties to the conflict are responsible for the dire suffering of the Yemeni people until there is "a true cease-fire."

The humanitarian crisis in the Arab world's poorest country has escalated as the conflict has intensified.

Ground fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels killed nearly 100 people Wednesday.